|Publication number||US7546533 B2|
|Application number||US 11/166,771|
|Publication date||Jun 9, 2009|
|Filing date||Jun 24, 2005|
|Priority date||Jun 24, 2005|
|Also published as||US20060294046|
|Publication number||11166771, 166771, US 7546533 B2, US 7546533B2, US-B2-7546533, US7546533 B2, US7546533B2|
|Inventors||Chaitanya Dev Sareen, Clara Graham, Erin Megan Riley, Jennifer Sadler, Kent Rogers Lowry, Louisa Chi Yan Lee, Ravishankar Shanmugam, Sean Erik McAteer|
|Original Assignee||Microsoft Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (25), Non-Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (14), Classifications (9), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is related to U.S. application Ser. No. 11/167,065, entitled “Storage and Utilization of Slide Presentation Slides,” and U.S. application Ser. No. 11/166,910, entitled “Storage and Utilization of Slide Presentation Slides”, each owned by the Microsoft Corporation, filed concurrently herewith and incorporated in their entireties.
Computer and software users have grown accustomed to user-friendly software applications that help them write, calculate, organize, prepare presentations, send and receive electronic mail, make music, and the like. For example, modem electronic word processing applications allow users to prepare a variety of useful documents. Modem spreadsheet applications allow users to enter, manipulate, and organize data. Modem electronic slide presentation applications allow users to create a variety of slide presentations containing text, pictures, data or other useful objects. Modem database applications allow users to store, organize and exchange large amounts of data.
Documents created by such applications typically retain a good deal of value after their initial use. Such documents may be reused entirely, or portions of such documents may be used in other documents. The reuse of entire documents or portions of documents is a common and valuable practice by many information workers who wish to save time and make their work more efficient by reusing previous work product. Unfortunately, reuse of individual or groups of slide presentation application slides is often difficult and cumbersome. Finding a particular slide from a given presentation may require a user to open several presentation documents and peruse all slides contained in the open documents until a desired slide is found. If a desired slide is located, use of the slide is often difficult. A user may be forced to leave her open slide presentation, look for the desired presentation file, open a located file, look for a specific slide, copy the specific slide, and then return to her slide presentation to paste the copied slide. This process is tedious and time consuming.
In addition, after a user has located and has used a given slide from a slide presentation, a problem often arises around maintenance of the slide. For example, if a side used by the user is updated with new data or information after the user copies the slide, the user will have no way of knowing she should update the slide. For another example, if the original slide contained an error that was later discovered and corrected by the slide author or editor, the user has no way of knowing of the error or of the correction unless she is contacted regarding the slide correction or unless she discovers and corrects the error independently.
It is with respect to these and other considerations that the present invention has been made.
This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
Embodiments of the present invention solve the above and other problems by providing methods, systems, and computer products for storing and utilizing individual and/or groups of slides from slide presentation documents. According to one aspect of the invention, individual slides may be isolated from a slide presentation and then may be published to a slide library. A document-shredding component is used for separating a given slide presentation into individual slide files and for storing one or more individual slide files in the slide library for subsequent use. As each individual slide is generated into a single file, it is stored to the slide library, and the individual slide file is populated with metadata to allow the slide file to be easily located during a subsequent search of stored slide files.
According to aspects of the invention, a slide file may be searched, located and copied from the slide library for use in a given slide presentation document. A search of the slide library may be made at the slide library via a slide file reuse user interface. Located slide files in the slide library may be copied and edited. One or more slide files may be sent from the slide library to a slide presentation document for generating a new slide presentation or for editing an existing slide presentation. A search of the slide library also may be conducted from an open slide presentation application document. Thus, if a user is preparing a slide presentation, she may search the slide library from her open slide presentation document and automatically insert a located slide file.
According to another aspect of the invention, upon inserting a located slide file into a slide presentation, a slide synchronization relationship may be established between the original slide in the slide library and the copy of the original slide now in the slide presentation. Once the slide synchronization relationship is established, the user/preparer/editor of the presentation may be informed of updates or changes to the original slide, and the user has the option of incorporating the new or updated content into her presentation.
These and other features and advantages, which characterize the present invention, will be apparent from a reading of the following detailed description and a review of the associated drawings. It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are explanatory only and are not restrictive of the invention as claimed.
As briefly described above, embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods, systems, and computer products for storing and using slide presentation slides. According to embodiments of the present invention, slide presentation files may be separated into one or more individual slide files, and the one or more individual slide files may be stored in a remote or local slide library. Stored individual slide files are populated with metadata for allowing subsequent search and location of individual slide files. A synchronization relationship may be established between a stored slide file and a copy of the stored slide file used in a slide presentation document. As updates are made to the stored slide file, a user of a copy of the stored slide file may be informed of and provided changes made to the original slide file via the synchronization relationship.
In the following detailed description, references are made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustrations specific embodiments or examples. These embodiments may be combined, other embodiments may be utilized, and structural changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the present invention. The following detailed description is therefore not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims and their equivalents.
Referring now to the drawings, in which like numerals refer to like elements through the several figures, aspects of the present invention and an exemplary computing operating environment will be described.
Generally, program modules include routines, programs, components, data structures, and other types of structures that perform particular tasks or implement particular abstract data types. Moreover, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the invention may be practiced with other computer system configurations, including hand-held devices, multiprocessor systems, microprocessor-based or programmable consumer electronics, minicomputers, mainframe computers, and the like. The invention may also be practiced in distributed computing environments where tasks are performed by remote processing devices that are linked through a communications network. In a distributed computing environment, program modules may be located in both local and remote memory storage devices.
Embodiments of the invention may be implemented as a computer process (method), a computing system, or as an article of manufacture, such as a computer program product or computer readable media. The computer program product may be a computer storage media readable by a computer system and encoding a computer program of instructions for executing a computer process. The computer program product may also be a propagated signal on a carrier readable by a computing system and encoding a computer program of instructions for executing a computer process.
With reference to
According to embodiments of the invention, the application 106 may comprise many types of programs, such as an electronic mail program, a calendaring program, an Internet browsing program, and the like. An example of such programs is OUTLOOK® manufactured by MICROSOFT CORPORATION. The application 106 may also comprise a multiple-functionality software application for providing many other types of functionalities. Such a multiple-functionality application may include a number of program modules, such as a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a slide presentation program, a database program, and the like. An example of such a multiple-functionality application is OFFICE™ manufactured by MICROSOFT CORPORATION. According to embodiments of the present invention, the application 120 is representative of a slide presentation application for generating a variety of slide presentation documents. An example slide presentation application 120 is POWERPOINT® manufactured by MICROSOFT CORPORATION. As described in detail below, according to one embodiment, the slide presentation application 120 includes a document-shredding component for separating a slide presentation document into one or more individual slide files and for publishing the individual slide files to a slide library.
The computing device 100 may have additional features or functionality. For example, the computing device 100 may also include additional data storage devices (removable and/or non-removable) such as, for example, magnetic disks, optical disks, or tape. Such additional storage is illustrated in
The computing device 100 may also contain communication connections 116 that allow the device to communicate with other computing devices 118, such as over a network in a distributed computing environment, for example, an intranet or the Internet. Communication connection 116 is one example of communication media. Communication media may typically be embodied by computer readable instructions, data structures, program modules, or other data in a modulated data signal, such as a carrier wave or other transport mechanism, and includes any information delivery media. The term “modulated data signal” means a signal that has one or more of its characteristics set or changed in such a manner as to encode information in the signal. By way of example, and not limitation, communication media includes wired media such as a wired network or direct-wired connection, and wireless media such as acoustic, RF, infrared and other wireless media. The term computer readable media as used herein includes both storage media and communication media.
Publication of Presentation Slides to a Slide Library
The following description of
Referring still to
As described above with reference to
Launching the slide publication user interface 330 may be in response to selection of a button or other control situated in a user interface of the slide presentation application 120 associated with the functionality of publishing individual slides to a slide library. For example, selection of a toolbar command may cause a drop-down menu with which a user may selectively add, delete or edit slides of a given slide presentation and with which a user may select a control for publishing slides to a slide library 230 by launching the slide publication user interface 330. Additionally, a “publish slides” button or control may be included in a context menu that may be launched upon selection of an object in a given presentation slide followed by a secondary selection, for example, a right mouse click. As should be appreciated, other layouts and designs of user interface controls may be utilized for presenting a selectable button or control for launching the slide publication user interface 330 according to embodiments of the present invention. The slide publication user interface 330 is for purposes of example only and is not restrictive of different user interface layouts and designs that may be used in accordance with embodiments of the present invention.
According to an alternative embodiment, the slide publication functionality described herein may be part of a stand alone software application having sufficient computer executable instructions for publishing one or more slides of a selected slide presentation to a slide library 230. According to this alternative embodiment, the slide publication application allows for selection of a given slide presentation from a local or remote storage location. Once a given slide presentation is selected via the slide publication application, individual slides from the selected slide presentation may be published to a slide library 230. As should be appreciated, the slide publication functionality of the present invention whether operated via a slide presentation application 120, or as a stand alone slide publication application, may be operated at a local computing device 100, 100A, or the slide publication functionality may be operated remotely at a server 225 in association with the slide library 230.
Adjacent to each thumbnail image is a checkbox 410, 415 for selecting an associated slide for publication to the slide library 230. According to embodiments of the present invention, the state of the check boxes 410, 415 may be varied depending on how the slide publication user interface 330 is launched. For example, if a single slide is selected in a given slide presentation, then the check box for the single slide will be checked by default. On the other hand, if the slide publication user interface 330 is launched from a top-level command menu while no slide presentation is open, no slides will be selected by default. If a multi-select is committed from the slide presentation application document, and the slide publication user interface 330 is launched from a context menu, as described above, the same slide set will be checked in the associated check boxes 410, 415.
A file name column 425 adjacent to the thumbnail images 420 allows for automatic or manual population of a file name for each selected slide. According to one embodiment, the file name for a given slide is auto-populated by the document-shredding component (DSC), described below, according to the name or title of the associated presentation followed by an identification number for the associated slide, for example, “Microsoft Office System—001.” The user may manually edit the file name information if a more descriptive or different file name is desired. For example, according to one embodiment, mousing over or otherwise focusing on the file name field for a given slide reveals an edit box with which edits to the file name may be made. Selecting during the mouse-over sets an insertion point in the field to allow a user to edit the field as desired. According to one embodiment, the file name entry is a required field. Accordingly, if a user attempts to delete the file name and leave the file name field empty, the field will revert to its previous file name state.
A description column 430 is illustrated adjacent to the file name column for populating the associated slide file with descriptive information that may subsequently be used for searching the associated slide file. According to one embodiment, the description column is visible by default and is always present in the user interface 330. The description column text for a given slide is auto-populated to include a title for the associated slide, if available. If the slide title is not available, the field will be empty as a default condition. As described above for the file name column, text contained in the description column for a given slide may be edited by user action. For example, mousing over or otherwise focusing on the description field for a given slide reveals an edit box with which edits may be made to the associated description. Selecting during the mouse-over or other focus on a given description field sets an insertion point in the field for allowing edits to the text of the description. As will be described below, information generated or entered for the file name and description for an individual slide is populated into metadata for the subsequently generated slide file that may be used for searching for the slide file from the slide library 230.
As described above, one or more individual slides may be selected for publication to a selected slide library 230 by selecting one or more check boxes 410, 415. Alternatively, the user may select all of the slides comprising a given slide presentation to be published to the slide library 230. A browse function 455 and a “publish to” field 445 are provided for browsing to one of one or more publication sites within the slide library 230. As should be appreciated, the slide library 230 may include a number of different storage sites for storing different types and/or categories of slide files. For example, the slide library 230 may include a folder for slide files associated with a first department of a business, a second folder may contain slides associated with a second department of the business, and so on. Once the user browses to, or otherwise enters, a particular slide library site, the publish button 450 may be selected for publishing the selected one or more slides to the selected slide library site. If desired, the “launch slide library after publishing” control 460 may be selected to allow the user to automatically launch a user interface for reviewing the contents of the selected slide library site after publication of the selected slide files to the selected slide library site.
Referring still to
Referring now to
During publication of one or more slides to a given slide library site, as described herein, a collision may occur between two slides bearing the exact slide file name. That is, a user may attempt to publish a slide file to a selected slide library site bearing the exact same file name and identification number as another slide file already stored at the same slide library site. If such a collision of slide file names occurs, a “confirm slide replace” dialog 600, illustrated in
If more than a single collision occurs, information may be provided in the user interface 600 that a number of slides have been identified with the same file name. Thumbnails for the first pair of colliding files will be presented, as illustrated in
Referring back to
In response to triggering the document-shredding component, the slide publication user interface 330 is launched, the thumbnail images are generated, and the file name fields and description fields are auto-populated, as described above. For each selected slide presented in the user interface 330, the document-shredding component generates a new file. Metadata for each generated slide file is populated by the DSC with data associated with each slide file. For example, the metadata for a given slide file includes the file name, file description, path to generated thumbnail image, author/editor identification for the associated slide, date of slide file generation, and the like. Each selected slide file is then written to memory at the selected slide library site with the appropriate metadata that subsequently may be used for locating each slide file during a search.
As described above, individual slide files are generated from a selected slide presentation document and are published to a slide library site by the document-shredding component. According to embodiments of the present invention, the slide library 230 includes one or more storage sites for storing individual slide files generated by the DSC. Referring now to
The user interface 700 presents information for each associated slide file in rows of data. As illustrated in
According to one embodiment, slide files displayed in the user interface 700 may be sorted by selecting the column headers illustrated in the user interface 700. For example, the slide files may be sorted by “last modified” by selecting the “last modified” file header. Likewise, the slide files may be selected by “modified by” by selecting the “modified by” header, and so on. Alternatively, a “filter” button or control 790 may be selected for sorting the displayed files according to additional filtering properties. In addition, other views may be selected for the user interface 700. For example, a view may be selected for showing only the thumbnail images for each of the slide files in a given slide library site. Or, a view may be selected for showing only file names and associated data for each of the slide files in a given slide library site. As should be appreciated, a number of different views may be generated with different types and amounts of displayed data for individual slide files.
Referring still to
As described above, once individual slide files are stored in the slide library 230, they may be retrieved from the slide library 230 according to different means. For example, a user presently operating a slide presentation application in which the user is generating or editing a slide presentation document may decide that an additional slide is needed, and the user may decide to review the contents of one or more slide library sites for a stored slide that will fulfill the user's present slide requirement. According to one embodiment, the user may select an “insert slide file” button or other similar control from the user's slide presentation application user interface. An additional button or control may then be provided to allow the user to insert a new slide from a slide library site. In response, the user interface 700 may be automatically launched by the user's slide presentation application without requiring the user to close the present slide presentation document. Once the user interface 700 is launched, the user may browse to a given slide library site of interest to the user. In order to browse to a given slide library site, the user may enter or select from previously entered slide library site addresses in the address field 710. For example, if the user is preparing a slide presentation regarding sales forecasts for a given sales department, the user may browse to a slide library site associated with that department.
Once the user has browsed to or selected a desired slide library site from which a desired slide file may be selected, the user may enter one or more keywords into the search field 775 for locating a particular slide file. For example, the user may enter a given presentation title, descriptive words, the name of a modifier/editor/author of the slide file, or any other information that has been stored with the slide file metadata, including text from the associated slide that may be used for searching for a particular slide file. After the user has entered one or more keywords and executed a search, slide files contained in the selected slide library site responsive to the executed search are displayed in the user interface 700. Alternatively, a user may select that all slides contained in the selected slide library site should be displayed from which the user may select one or more slide files for entry into her slide presentation document.
If the user locates a desired slide file, the user may select the check box 720 associated with the desired slide file. The user may then select a button or control such as the “send to PowerPoint” button 797 for sending the selected slide file to the user's slide presentation document. In response, the selected slide file will be inserted into the user's slide presentation document as desired. As should be appreciated, if the user selects more than one slide file for insertion into the slide presentation document, multiple slide files will be inserted into the slide presentation document as selected from the slide library site.
Alternatively, a new slide presentation document may be generated by selecting one or more slide files directly from a selected slide library site via the user interface 700. According to this embodiment, the user interface 700 may be launched in association with a selected slide library site. After a user selects one or more slide files, as described above, the user may select the “send to PowerPoint” button 797, and a slide presentation application 120 will automatically launch and populate a new slide presentation document with the selected slide files in the order in which the slide files are displayed in the user interface 700.
In addition to retrieving slide files stored in a given slide library site, slide files stored in a slide library site may be updated or modified by users having permissions for updating individual slide files. In order to update a given slide, the associated slide library site is browsed to in the same manner as is done for retrieving a given slide file. After a slide file for which edits are required or desired is selected, an edit control or button may be selected from the user interface 700 for editing the selected slide file using a slide presentation application. Once the desired slide is selected for editing, the slide is automatically marked as being checked out and is opened by the selected slide presentation application.
After the selected slide file is opened by the slide presentation application, the slide may be edited in the same manner as any slide may be edited according to the functionality of the associated slide presentation application. When changes made to the slide in the slide presentation application are saved, the changes automatically overwrite the associated slide file in the associated slide library site. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a slide versioning system is provided so that each version of an updated slide is maintained to allow a user to utilize a previous version of a given slide so that updating the given slide does not deny access to other users of a previous version of the slide.
According to embodiments of the present invention, slide library maintenance may be performed by users having proper credentials for accessing and making changes to slide library sites. As described above, when slide files are published from a slide presentation document to a new slide library site, the user may select to create a new slide library site in the slide library 230 at which the selected slide files will be stored. According to embodiments of the present invention, a “create slide library” link may be populated on a given slide library site for allowing the creation of a new slide library page. Or, as illustrated in
According to embodiments, selection of a “create slide library” link from one or more user interfaces launches the user interface 800, illustrated in
Synchronization of Slides in Presentation Documents with Corresponding Slide Library Files
According to another embodiment of the present invention, once a given slide file is inserted into a slide presentation document from a slide library site, a synchronization relationship may be established between the original slide file contained in the slide library site and the copy of the original slide file now contained in a slide presentation document. In order to establish the synchronization relationship, the slide presentation application encodes a path into the slide presentation document between the copy of the original slide file inserted into the presentation and the original slide file contained in the slide library site. A date stamp associated with the last modification date of the original slide file is also encoded into the slide presentation document along with the path data. Accordingly, a link is established between the original slide file in the slide library site and the copy of the original slide file in the slide presentation document.
Once the synchronization relationship is established, the slide presentation application monitors the modification state of the original slide file contained in the slide library site by following the path to the original slide library file and by comparing a present modification date stamp with the last modification date stamp associated with the original slide file. If a present modification date stamp associated with an original slide file is newer than a last modification date stamp, the slide presentation application 120 may determine whether a new version of the original slide file is now available.
According to one embodiment, each time a slide presentation application document is opened, a prompt is provided to the user to query the user as to whether the synchronization relationships between slides in the slide presentation document and corresponding slides in the slide library should be checked for updates. According to another embodiment, a check of the slide library for updates for any synchronized slides is performed automatically. In either case, if a new version of the original slide file is available, the slide presentation application notifies a user that the original slide file has been modified or otherwise updated since the original slide file was first copied to the slide presentation document. A slide update dialog or user interface may be provided to the user to allow the user to review changes made in the original slide file. A user interface similar to the user interface 600 described above may be provided in which a thumbnail image of the new or updated original slide is provided showing changes to the original content or showing new content. The user interface or dialog provided to the user may then provide one or more buttons or controls for allowing the user to act on updates to the original slide file in the context of an open slide presentation document. That is, the user may be allowed to replace the slide file contained in the slide presentation document with a new copy of the slide file contained in the slide library site along with the accompanying changes and/or new content. Alternatively, the user may elect to skip or otherwise ignore changes made to the original slide file contained in the slide library site.
According to an alternate embodiment, the user may add a copy of the updated slide to the slide presentation document in addition to the older slide contained in the slide presentation document so that the user may see both versions of the slide while the user is editing the document. When the copy of the updated slide is added to the slide presentation document, a synchronization relationship is established between the updated slide in the document and the corresponding updated slide in the slide library.
Referring back to block 1015, if a synchronization relationship has been established, the routine proceeds to block 1020, and a copy of the selected slide file is inserted in the slide presentation document, as desired. At block 1025, a path and last modification timestamp are embedded into the slide file inserted into the slide presentation document for allowing the slide presentation application to monitor the modification state of the original slide file in the slide library site by following the embedded slide path and by comparing the present timestamp associated with the original slide file in the slide library site with the last modified timestamp embedded into the slide file inserted into the slide presentation document. The routine ends at block 1095.
If a check of a synchronized slide file is performed, the routine proceeds to block 1120, and the slide presentation application follows a path between the synchronized slide in the slide presentation document and an original slide file in the associated slide library site of which the synchronized slide in the slide presentation application document is a copy. As should be appreciated, following the path to the original slide file may include passing a data call from the slide presentation application to the original slide file requesting a return data item associated with the modification timestamp. At block 1125, a determination is made by the slide presentation application as to whether a new version of the original slide file exists. That is, if the data call to the original slide file results in a determination that the modification timestamp has changed, at block 1125, the slide presentation application may request a version state from the original slide file.
If the version of the original slide file has not changed, the routine proceeds to block 1195 and ends. However, if a new version of the original slide file is stored in the slide library site, the routine proceeds to block 1130, and the user/editor of the slide presentation is queried to determine whether the new version of the original slide file contained in the slide library site should be inserted into the slide presentation as a replacement for the corresponding slide contained in the slide presentation document. If the user/editor does not desire to replace the slide in the slide presentation document with the new version of the original slide file, the routine proceeds to block 1195 and ends. If the user does desire to replace the slide contained in the slide presentation document with the new version of the original slide file, the routine proceeds to block 1135, and the new version of the original slide file is copied to the slide presentation document for replacing the corresponding slide in the slide presentation document. The routine ends at block 1195.
As described herein, embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods, systems, and computer products for storing and using slide presentation slides. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that various modifications or variations may be made in the present invention without departing from the scope or spirit of the invention. Other embodiments of the invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the invention disclosed herein.
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